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Improving Our Political Effectiveness
The November 2014 elections are right around the corner; members of Congress, governors and state legislators are all running. Now is a good time to talk frankly about our overall political involvement.
Get Ready For AOM Day
This year, AOM Day 2014 falls on Friday, (October 24th). This is a great opportunity to make your AOM Day celebration or event even bigger by extending it throughout the weekend!
The Truth About Herbs
I appreciate the effort and research put into the article written in the June issue of Acupuncture Today regarding pesticides and Chinese herbs.
The Spirit of the Point
After receiving a large amount of positive feedback on my San Zhen Protocols series, I have decided to focus this article on some relevant clinical aspects of acupuncture therapy prior to moving on to San Zhen Protocols III.
Thoracolumbar Syndrome: The Great Mimic
The thoracolumbar junction is a common area of joint dysfunction. The most obvious cause is dysfunctional breathing or lack of diaphragmatic breathing. Treating this breathing problem will ultimately be the long-term cure for the syndrome.
If You Get a Request for Records, Respond!
In our previous two articles, we discussed two of the main reasons for denial when chiropractic records are reviewed by Medicare contractors.
When Big Pharma Meets Chinese Medicine
Earlier this year, Bayer made a media splash with their decision to buy the Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., a Chinese TCM manufacturer.
Thoughts to Live By
When speaking to your patients about their health make sure to ponder the following points and have them assess if they are making themselves even more sick by the thoughts they have about life. Are these some of the traits and thoughts that your patients might have?
MPA Media Wins Seven Publishing Awards
MPA Media, publisher of Acupuncture Today, among other titles, has been recognized for editorial and design excellence with an unprecendented seven publishing awards by the ASBPE, the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications.
News in Brief
NBCE Launches Computer-Based Testing Era; California Chiropractors Get Expanded DOT Exam Privileges; New Jeff Hays Documentary.
Medicalization and Mindfulness
The past several years have seen a veritable explosion of research on mindfulness. Research abstracts we've published in each issue of Health Insights Today under the heading "Mind-Body News" have increasingly reported on studies about mindfulness interventions.
The Problem With Prolonged Sitting
We need to constantly talk to our patients about spending less time sitting and about what can go wrong with poor sitting postures. The fact is we sit too long in repetitive malpositions.
Rethinking GMO: Less Panic, More Context
Some of you may have noticed that after writing parts 1 and 2 of “Genetic Modification of Organisms for Human Consumption” a while back [Nov. 15, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014 issues], part 3 never appeared.
A Healthy Dose of Failure is Vital to Your Success
As an acupuncturist I tend to see people after they have already suffered for years and "tried everything." They are so desperate for some relief that they want to know everything about how to get better, right now.
History of Animal Acupuncture: Part II
In Part I of this article, I had gone back to 1969 and tried to describe the atmosphere and events of that year that engulfed many of the younger generation, some who were all the core members of the National Acupuncture Association.
A Glimpse Into China's Top Brain Hospital
The sounds of the city pass through the open window are overwhelming the microphone - car horns, construction machinery - and then there's the family at the adjacent bed talking loudly on cell phones, yet you can still hear the faint beep of our patients monitoring equipment.
Let the Patient Tell Their Story
Often when a patient presents with an injury, they want to tell their story. People by nature like to talk about themselves, particularly when they're worried about their health.
The Science Behind Happiness
Are you happy right now? Whether yes or no, there are a myriad of reasons why you feel that way. A whole academic discipline has developed to find out what causes or obstructs happiness, and how to amplify it.
Uncle Sam Needs You
Scrutiny into the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) continues to grow after efforts to reform the DVA by the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, were deemed "a stunning period of dysfunction" by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Help Secure Our Future by Sharing It
The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) conducts one of the most comprehensive surveys of the U.S. chiropractic profession every 4-5 years.
A Commonly Missed Spinal Fixation: The Upper Lumbar Spine (Part 1)
When we think of lower back pain, we tend to think in terms of the lower lumbar spine and the SI joint. These joints and their discs are obviously important. However, we tend to miss fixations that occur just above – in the upper lumbar spine. Three questions come to mind: 1) Why is the upper lumbar spine so important? 2) Why do we miss the fixations here? 3) How can we adjust them?
Healing Community Trauma in Israel and Palestine
It's the beginning of August and Israel and Hamas have just agreed to a 72-hour ceasefire after a month of brutal fighting. In the last four weeks, 1,830 Palestinians and 67 Israelis have been killed.
March, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 03
The Evils of Money
By Cliff Korn, BS, LMT, NCTMB
Why do some massage therapists shun money? I've been fortunate to be on the table of some of the best therapists - ones who could work magic! In almost any other profession, these would be some of the wealthiest people in their communities, but they are simply "regular folk" who don't raise the eyebrows of the bank tellers when they make their deposits.Why do so many massage therapists think that they can't raise rates, or that asking to be compensated for a missed appointment is so awful? Why don't they think it's okay to ask for more money if they've worked past the agreed-upon length of time?
Many young people are entering the profession now, some because of the "big money opportunity." They see a short amount of study time and jumping through a few hoops as the fast track to making $60, $75 or $100 per hour! Right! We all know the fallacy in that dream; a 40-hour week at our billable hourly rate just isn't possible. Most massage therapists I know dread doing six hours of actual massage per day, let alone eight. It's too much hard work for their bodies to sustain. Setting aside the reality of the numbers, what happens to people while in massage school that turns them from "show me the money" therapists into "this is a calling; wouldn't it be wonderful if money didn't get in the way" therapists or "I'm not worthy of accepting money for this practice" therapists? Many of us are afraid to demand compensation commensurate with the derived benefits of our patients and clients.
I was recently part of a panel discussion on practice building and the attainment of "success" by massage therapists. I was pleased to be on a panel of peers whom I admire for their abilities and accomplishments. While the discussion went in many different directions, one item kept repeating itself over and over: Massage therapists frequently fail to meet their practice and financial goals because they don't treat it as a business. They don't learn the skills to develop and execute a business plan. It's as though our ability to please has made us scared of money! A good friend of mine (who was also involved in the panel discussion) said he found this problem so prevalent that he has students in his workshops pass a $50 or $100 bill back and forth, and practice saying, "Thank you for the money!" The public is starting to catch on to how important we are to them! Isn't it time we caught up to what they already know? We are worthy! I love it now when I meet new people and tell them I am a massage therapist. I no longer get the wide-eyed stare or snicker. Now the typical response is, "Wow, that's neat!"
It's acceptable for therapists just out of school and not confident in their skills to charge less than the market price; however, those of us with track records of meeting client expectations should proudly hold our heads high as we share space with other businesses. People who get their hair done don't expect to get highlights for free; people dining out expect an occasional increase in menu price and to pay for the wine!
Why, then, should a client who arrives in discomfort leave with a free tube of BioFreeze, instead of buying it? Why should a client, who books for a relaxation massage and then mentions headaches and hip pain (which calls for us to draw upon more advanced skills and methods), expect to pay the same price? Likewise, a client who mentions shoulder or neck pain at the end of the massage and causes us to go over on time should pay an additional fee. Why do we think our businesses are any less worthy of profit than the ones we frequent on a daily basis? Money is nothing more than a medium exchange of energy. We don't "get" it; we "earn" it!
It's time we conducted a realistic self-analysis. We need to rethink our importance and our position, and what that means for the well being of society. I don't have the answers to all of the questions I've asked here, but I do know that massage therapists should be prospering more than they are. This year, after you have taken those continuing-education classes you have planned, invest in a business course "just for you!" I'm really looking forward to the day when that bank teller's eyebrows go way up!
Thanks for listening!
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Former editor of Massage Today, Cliff is owner of Windham Health Center Neuromuscular Therapy LLC. He is nationally certified in therapeutic massage & bodywork and is licensed as a massage therapist by the states of New Hampshire and Florida. Cliff is a member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners; a professional member and past president of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association; a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, Inc.; and a past chairman of the board of directors of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.
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